During our Strategic Planning Initiative earlier this year, the chapter identified the need to help all members learn to use GroupWorks social media platform. National ASG has encouraged chapters to use this to communicate with our members. To that end, we held a special training on May 3, 2019. Armed with their laptop or tablet, 15 members attended. Vice President Jenny Draper conducted the hour-long training held at Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. The free event was designed to take the fear out of using GroupWorks so everyone can get the most from their ASG membership.
On February 23, 2019 chapter leaders met with professional facilitator Martha Martin to begin a strategic planning process aimed at moving our chapter forward with increased membership, participation and learning resources.
Chapter members were invited to go through the fabric and notions left from our 2017 chapter garage sale and take what they want free of charge. Most of the goodies were 'adopted' and what was left we donated to Emmanuel Community Church in southwest Fort Wayne where they have a very active group of missionary sewers.
The Sew Fun Neighborhood Group celebrated the holidays with their annual Christmas Tea featuring scrumptious scones served at a beautiful table by host Carolyn Hormann, group leader and chapter president. After the tea the table was cleared and everyone helped filling cosmetic bag with toiletries for their annual donation to Charis House, a shelter for battered women. Here are photos from the event.
Gathered around the table at the tea are, pictured left to right, Carolyn Hormann, Valirie Busse, Regina Romary, Linda Wojewuczki, Marilyn Wagner, and, seated, Julie Harber. Debbie Morgan is behind the camera.
Carolyn, left, and Linda are taking their turn filling cosmetic bags as they go from person-to-person around the table with everyone adding another item. The group collects the toiletry samples throughout the year to fill each bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo/conditioner, soap, etc.
Sew Fun filled 73 cosmetic bags for their 2018 donation. A lot of the fabric is from the Stephanie Dawn outlet sale held earlier this year at their factory in Van Wert, Ohio. The fabric is scraps they save from the beautiful and popular bags they make and sell. Sew Fun participants used a joiner foot and a careful zig-zag stitch to put the double-sided, quilted fabric scraps together to make pieces big enough for the cosmetic bags. Then, they put decorative ribbons across the seam. Too cute; fun to make - and a great community project. Carolyn spearheads the project each year.